….Prof James Smith, of JFM and Boston College, said he was pleased the bishops â€œseemed to take on board that time is of the essence in bringing restorative justice to this elderly and ageing population. We also underscored that the churchâ€™s archives hold the key to detailing the extent of the Stateâ€™s involvement in the Magdalene system.â€
Dr Katherine Oâ€™Donnell of UCDâ€™s school of social justice said: â€œThe meeting was particularly productive in identifying that the ethical release of the churchâ€™s archives could result in speedy and beneficial actions.â€
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice said it would explore the possibility of a State apology to Magdalene survivors.
….The State was â€œrelying on the fact that an elderly and ageing group . . . will not be in any position to pursue justice through the courts,â€ Claire McGettrick of JFM said.
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